|Forum topic by jchomme||posted 02-05-2010 05:19 AM||4503 views||2 times favorited||16 replies|
02-05-2010 05:19 AM
HI, I was wondering if anyone had an opinion onHonduran Mahogany or honduran rosewood for stanley/bailey hand plane totes and knobs.
Some of the things on my mind:
- I know they used rosewood, which species: cocobolo, brazillian, EI. Cant get any info on the web about it
- Modern planemakers are using lighter hardwoods like Cherry
- Honduran rosewood looks like a pretty good match w/ cost benifits, not to mention how it polishes.
- Mahogany has really good qualities like: it’s easy to work, ages nicely, and is reasonably priced
Here it is: I have some 2” thick Mahogany that is pretty dark(pic) and I want to make some Totes and knobs for my restored Hand planes , I also Have some Honduran Rosewood(dense/great polish/looks wicked; see pic) but I only have it in 1inch boards. I also have some Ziricote I made a set up with ( not finished but polished;see pics) (very dense stuff) (most of these planes are 4’s and 5’s)
- Does anyone have an opinion on two piece knobs( rosewood)? or using Mahogany? I am preparing to make a batch, but I am teetering because it is pretty labor intensive.
-Hopefully I can post my process
-This is my first post so all critizism is welcome and encouraged.
-BTW, I think I might be a Handplane addict, is there a support group for this?